Christopher Anderson is an organist and scholar with particular interests in early musical modernism, German history and philosophy, the organ’s position in Western culture, and the composer Max Reger. He has written extensively on Reger and his music in two monographs (Max Reger and Karl Straube: Perspectives on an Organ Performing Tradition, Ashgate 2003; and Selected Writings of Max Reger, Routledge 2006) and many essays in international journals. He has translated into English the second volume of Jon Laukvik’s Historical Performance Practice in Organ Playing (Carus, 2010) and edited the first complete survey of organ music in the twentieth century (Twentieth-Century Organ Music, Routledge 2011). An exhaustive critical biography of the twentieth-century virtuoso organist and Leipzig Thomaskantor Karl Straube (Karl Straube 1873–1950: Germany’s Master Organist in Turbulent Times) appears with the Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press, in April 2022. His recording of Reger’s complete op. 67 likewise appears in early 2022 with the Centaur label.
In addition to adjunctive teaching at Eastman, Dr. Anderson is Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, where he teaches courses in history and analysis in the Perkins School of Theology and the Meadows School of the Arts. He also chairs the Publications Advisory Committee for the Organ Historical Society’s publishing program. Christopher Anderson holds the PhD in Performance Practices from Duke University.